ConX

Dublin entrepreneur wins top start-up award

Annie Slattery, CEO of ConX, was awarded the Women in Tech Start-Ups award in early August.

Annie Slattery, CEO of ConX, was awarded the Women in Tech Start-Ups award in early August.

An entrepreneur from Clontarf surpassed more than 100 applicants to win Australia’s top gong for women-led tech start-ups.

Annie Slattery, 34, was awarded the prize for her start-up ConX after a pitch competition following the Grace Hopper Celebration, the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.

“ConX is a platform built for contractors in the construction industry to simplify how they find and win work,” she said.

“We have built a simple and affordable suit of tools to do takeoffs, manager tenders and hire a team.”

2019 marks the first time the Grace Hopper Celebration has come to Australia, transforming into ‘Hopper Down Under’.

2019 marks the first time the Grace Hopper Celebration has come to Australia, transforming into ‘Hopper Down Under’.

The award judges were impressed by Slattery’s new onscreen measuring tools that allow construction workers to measure and mark out pre-build plans without printing blueprints, saving time and increasing accuracy.

Ms Slattery said ConX users were using the technology to put themselves ahead of the pack during the construction industry downturn partly caused by a sharp reduction in residential building approvals.

“We’re seeing the rate of subcontractors measuring plans and submitting quotes is really increasing as guys get hungry for work again.

“This prize represents a fantastic opportunity for ConX to expand into global markets, with the United States top of our list,” Ms Slattery said.

Ms Slattery’s company is forecast to turn over $2.5 million in 2020.

Annie Slattery and Keith Moore, pictured with their daughter Romy, co-founded ConX in 2014.

Annie Slattery and Keith Moore, pictured with their daughter Romy, co-founded ConX in 2014.

The award contenders competed for a share in more than $100,000 worth of business support services from IBM and Alibaba Cloud, opportunities for venture capital investment, and mentoring from Main Sequence Ventures, manager of the CSIRO Innovation Fund.

Other finalists included Barb Hyman, whose start-up uses Artificial Intelligence technology for employee screening and hiring recommendations, and Elizabeth Zealand, who has developed a real-time map of parking restrictions to help drivers in busy CBDs.

Slattery and her husband, carpenter turned business co-founder Keith Moore, moved to Australia 10 years ago and have employed Irish-born staff for their core team since starting ConX in 2014, keeping Irish-Australian innovators in the foreground of the tech scene.